EHR319 Sensory-Motor Integration and Rehabilitation (8)

This subject examines the neurophysiological basis of motor control in health, injury and disease. Particular emphasis will be placed on the structure and function of the somatosensory and motor systems, the integration of afferent and efferent signals within the central nervous system, along with their contributions to successful voluntary movement. The methods of electrical stimulation, electromyography, and/or dynamometry will be used to demonstrate principles of nerve conduction, spinal reflex pathways, muscle recruitment patterns, and balance and postural control. This subject will also examine the sensory-motor effects associated with ageing, injury, and selected neurological and/or neuromuscular disorders. Applications for exercise rehabilitation will also be addressed.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Exercise Science students

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to:
  • describe the functional contributions to movement control by the somatosensory and motor systems;
  • describe the major signalling pathways linking the somatosensory and motor systems;
  • evaluate the function of critical CNS site responsible for sensorymotor integration;
  • associate neurological signs with structural and/or functional abnormalities within the central and/or peripheral nervous systems;
  • describe the pathophysiology of selected neurological and/or neuromuscular disorders and identify implications for movement control;
  • apply theory when developing exercise rehabilitation programs to enhance functional performance in persons with neurological/neuromuscular conditions.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- Nerve cell anatomy and physiology; - Neural excitation and inhibition; - Neuroplasticity; - Somatosensation; - Pain; - Motor control system; - Spinal reflex pathways; - Neural signalling pathways; - Posture and balance; - Electromyography; - Neurodegeneration with ageing; - Selected neurological/neuromuscular disorders; - Applications for neurological rehabilitation.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.